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If We Run

ensemble theatre · kadm productions · Ages 15+ · world premiere · 55 mins · United States of America

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Review by JESSE PORTER

July 15, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Terrific character development, sharp dialogue, and commanding performances from Dingani Beza and Katie Oliver. Having seen two of Matt Morillo’s other plays, I came in with high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. In the classic Morillo style, this is a play that will make you laugh out loud with self-awareness as you recognize yourself in Brian and Rachel, even if you’ve never found yourself in the specific type of awkward situations he revels in placing his characters into.

What I didn't like

Not much — this was a thoroughly well-crafted 55 minutes. I could’ve taken more of these two characters, honestly; there could be an opportunity here for expansion. Then again, why mess with a good thing?

My overall impression

A taut, engaging one-act with authentic dialogue, genuine laughs, and a slew of surprisingly relatable moments. A master class in how to nail that elusive cross-section of efficient storytelling and true emotional impact.

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